- Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has reacted to Governor Yahaya Bello's baseless claim on COVID-19 vaccines
- The Kogi state governor had told a crowd to reject the vaccines, claiming without any evidence that the vaccines are meant to kill people
- However, the NGF told the governor that COVID-19 is real and it is important Nigerians are vaccinated against it
The secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has told Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state that COVID-19 is real and must be adequately tackled.
ThisDay reports that the NGF's made the statement following Governor Bello's claim that COVID-19 vaccines are meant to kill the people.
Governor Bello allegedly told a crowd to reject the vaccines because they are “meant to kill.”
"They want to use the COVID-19 vaccines to introduce the disease that will kill you and us. God forbid.”
The director-general of the forum, Asishana Okauru, said all the state governors have been brainstorming to consider various strategies to counter the demarketing of the vaccines through public enlightenment.
Legit.ng gathers that the chairman of the forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, said the primary concern of the governors is to contain the hesitancy of Nigerians to the vaccines.
He said the governors had also told President Muhammadu Buhari that there is the need to create public awareness on how to contain the rising risk of the pandemic.
“We told the president that there is the need to go beyond political leadership and include traditional rulers, religious leaders and others in the entertainment sector and others concerned to spread the awareness and importance of the vaccines.”
Okauru added that Fayemi reiterated that the pandemic is real and, therefore, Nigerians deserve the vaccine.
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari will receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on live TV, when it becomes available, to help drive awareness on the vaccine administration among Nigerians.
According to the federal government, Buhari along with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and other key personnel will be among the first set to receive the vaccine.
The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 joint national media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, January 7.
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